Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Rome title

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ROME (AP) Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be.

After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title.

"You were asking for titles. Finally I have a title," Nadal told reporters. "Here we are. Important title, important moment."

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2 R. Nadal 7,945
3 R. Federer 5,950
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5 A. Zverev 4,155
6 S. Tsitsipas 4,080
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